As global trade rebuilds, ports must prevent congestion and delays

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Last year, extreme terminal congestion affected nearly all aspects of the global container supply chain, but new data from IHS Markit published today reveals just how bad the issue is.

IHS Markit data shows the extent of container congestion at global terminals last year. Vessel time in ports around the world shot up in the second half of last year, research group says.

The average time at berth for ships exchanging 6,000 boxes or more during a port call rose by 20%, to more than 83 hours.

“Port delays grew significantly last year as a result of Covid-19 constraints, costing cargo owners and ship and terminal operators time and money, increasing emissions, and significantly disrupting supply chains,” said Turloch Mooney, associate director at IHS Markit.

As world trade is set to grow this year, it is important that ports operate as efficiently as possible

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